Plant and Vegetation Mapping by Franco Pedrotti

By Franco Pedrotti

The booklet covers geobotanical mapping, which offers with the translation and illustration of spatial and temporal phenomena that pertain to vegetation, crops, vegetated landscapes, plants zones, and phytogeographical devices.

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36 4 Chorological Mapping Fig. 6 Distribution of Cymbaria dahurica in Mongolia (From Karamysheva and Khramtsov 1995) Fig. 7 Distribution of Bromus inermis in the Trentino-Alto Adige Region, northern Italy, with years of surveys; at left the arrival path of Bromus inermis, from eastern Europe at the beginning of the twentieth century (From Pedrotti 1987, 1999b) Grid Maps 37 Fig. 8 Distribution of Ludwigia palustris in peninsular Italy in different years (From Moggi 1992) Grid Maps Grid maps are more synthetic than the previous, and it is possible to make general maps of complete or only partial species ranges.

The range maps of species of the Alpine flora by Aeschimann et al. (2004) are also based on administrative subdivisions; these maps were made by coloring the subdivisions within which a given species occurs (Fig. 20). ). The floristic (location) maps first described furnish the data for producing range maps. The atlas of comparative chorology by Meusel et al. (1965, 1978, 1992) shows typical examples of range maps (Fig. 21). ; the distributional limits were analyzed in the basin of the Adige River (Fig.

Vertical structure, on the other hand, considers the height of individual plants as they appear in distinct strata (Fig. 22). The demographic structure of vegetation (Canullo and Falin´ska 2003) considers also the age of the individuals, as was done for two populations of Polylepis tarapacana from the Andes of Bolivia (Fig. 7). Maps of vegetation structure can be analytical or synthetic. Analytical maps are for individuals, as already said; synthetic maps are for homogeneous vegetation units with the same type of structure, as can be observed in the map of the vegetation structure of the Fiastra forest (Fig.

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